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Loaded For Bear

Bob Rogers

Weekend, March 17-18, 2018 — There’s a place in Wyoming that attracts black bears every Spring when they emerge from winter hibernation hungry and anxious for anything to eat that will begin to fill bellies that lay empty from the first snow ‘till almost the last. The place? My back yard.

Seeing wildlife is not unusual in Wyoming. They’re everywhere in some form or other, in species as varied as that of a zoo but in their natural habitat. Yes, once again, that’s my backyard, where the place has held fascination to a panoply of critters; whitetail deer, the usual assortment of raccoons, skunks, porcupines, cougars, red and gray squirrels, lots of birds including raptors, grouse, cottontails, elk, moose, and even at 5200 feet mountain elevation, pronghorn antelope.

Years ago a neighbor, his wife and two dogs were returning from a trip to town for groceries. As they drove up to their garage, the dogs, riding in the back of their pickup, leaped out and raced across an acre of newly mown lawn to chase a young black bear up one of the many Ponderosa pines that are everywhere. Eventually, the dogs were called off and kenneled and the frightened bear came down and headed for who knows where, possibly never to be seen in that neighborhood again.  That “neighborhood” was part of our original ranch.

Bears and dogs are not very compatible. Neither would likely not harm the other and we’re convinced they were all like school kids chasing each other around the swings and assorted playground paraphernalia. But bears, for the most part, don’t know that and, in such cases, trees offer safe havens until the barking stops.

The following year, again at the dawn of another Spring, a young black bear secretly followed me through our garage – unbeknownst to me – until I spotted it and chased it over a three-rail fence. A week later, my wife noticed smudges on the several glass windows of our upstairs, above roof line, master suite bedroom.  The smudges led towards a spa-in-the-sky hot tub on the deck outside the bedroom and bathroom….where a Hummingbird feeder hung. Yep, the black furry youngster had climbed a nearby pine and nosed his way across the roof and past all the windows of the bedroom to finally reach its pot of gold: the bird feeder.

As Spring draws near – another few days from this writing – we’ll be on the lookout for young cubs.  As long as Momma bear isn’t around, we’ll watch and wonder and think of all the newly minted bear hunters in the surrounding mountains just hoping to get a glimpse of a blackie, knowing all along that they should have been where such youngsters go at this time of year.

My back yard, of course, where you’ll also find….

ALL NATURAL – Spring Black Bear Hunt 8:48 min.

It’s spring and the bears are out. We take you through a day of bear hunting including a very cool mountain lion encounter and end it all with a bear on the ground.

Black Bears at Big Angles in Idaho – Long Range Hunting 4:11 min.

Travis Schneider and the Stuck N The Rut Crew take some Idaho Black Bears at long range. Shooting straight up or straight down a hill, do you know how to compensate? Watch our video on Extreme Mountain Shooting to learn how: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riAqarCH9sI

Lady arrows Black Bear with Crossbow in Ontario Canada 4:16 min.

From tree level, Lady waits patiently before taking the perfect shot.

Black bear taken with Obsession Bow in Canada by Larysa Unleashed 2:26 min.

Larysa Switlyk of Larysa Unleashed TV travels to Alberta Canada to hunt black bears with her new Obsession Bow. Matched with the ramcat broadheads it was a deadly combination.

Tom’s Spring Bear Hunt – Stuck N the Rut 66 4:09 min.

400yard shot. First week of season, we had a mild winter, so the bears left their dens early. Tom took the opportunity on the bear on the first day he was able to go out hunting after getting back from working. Fun hunt, his brother, and owner of Stuck N The Rut, Travis Schneider, filmed.

Tana’s Solo Bear Hunt – Stuck N the Rut 68 5:10 min.

Our sister Tana is hunting solo for Idaho Black Bear. She went out on an afternoon bear hunt and spotted a good size one. She made a good shot and the bear ran off. She called Travis to help look for it, and Trav decided to bring the blood tracking dog. They were able to find it.

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